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Queens senator endorses Ardila for City Council District 30
BY ANGÉLICA ACEVEDO
State Senator Jessica Ramos is backing Juan Ardila’s
bid for City Council’s District 30, currently
held by Robert Holden.
Ramos, who represents District 13 in the state
Senate (which encompasses the neighborhoods of
Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights,
and parts of Astoria and Woodside), announced
her endorsement of Ardila on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
“Juan Ardila will be a strong voice for his community
as we gear up for post-pandemic recovery,”
said Ramos. “Juan draws on his experience in providing
legal representation for all New Yorkers.
While our city continues to look for solutions that
address the growing fiscal crisis, I am confident
in Juan’s unwavering dedication to listen to working
families and and organize his community on
key priorities such as housing infrastructure,
increased access to public transportation, and a
more inclusive public education system.”
Ardila is so far the only candidate challenging
incumbent Robert Holden for City Council
in District 30, which encompasses Ridgewood,
Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodhaven
and Woodside. Some of his main policy points
revolve around affordable housing for all, more
public transportation access and investment on
The Maspeth native, with a Colombian father
and Hoduran-Cuban mother, has worked in public
service for several years. He currently works as a
program coordinator at the Legal Aid Society, and
State Senator Jessica Ramos (l.) and Juan Ardila (r.).
previously worked at the International Rescue
Committee. He also worked as the office manager
for Councilman Brad Lander, who represents
Brooklyn’s District 39.
“I’m thrilled to have the endorsement of such a
dynamic legislator and a champion for working
people like Senator Ramos,” said Ardila. “I look
forward to continuing the momentum we’re building
in this campaign to bring a voice to those who
have been ignored and working with everyone who
wants to make Queens a better place for us all.”
The 26-year-old believes his understanding of
the district’s diverse neighborhoods’ and what
the needs are will position him well with the
But Ardila previously came under fire after
a protest against police unions and QAnon in
Maspeth ended with U.S. flags taken from private
homes and set on fire. He responded that while he
supports peaceful protests, he doesn’t condone
Holden has not yet filed for another term in City
Council. Some community members held a rally to
encourage Holden to run for mayor, but were met
with counter-protesters in September.
At the time, Holden said he doesn’t plan on
running for mayor and will seek re-election for
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